Seriously folks – comedian testifies before U.S. Congress
It was all quite funny, but the subject is very serious especially in a sluggish U.S. economy with an unemployment rate stuck at 9.6 percent.
The House Judiciary Committee held a hearing Friday on whether illegal migrant workers take jobs away from Americans. Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert testified in character as a conservative talk show host.
He was there at the invitation of Representative Zoe Lofgren and his testimony was based on the one day he spent for his show “The Colbert Report” laboring in the fields along with migrant farm workers.
“I reject this idea that farm work is among the semi-mythical jobs that Americans won’t do,” Colbert said.
“I’ll admit, I started my workday with preconceived notions of migrant labor. But after working with these men and women, picking beans, packing corn for hours on end, side by side, in the unforgiving sun, I have to say, and I do mean this sincerely, please don’t make me do this again,” he testified.
“It is really, really hard.”
Colbert said his experience shows why so few Americans are clamoring to do the job.
Even the “invisible hand of the market” doesn’t want to pick beans, he quipped, adding that farm production is moving out of the United States and into Mexico because of a lack of available labor.
Photo credit: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (Stephen Colbert, host of Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” testifies to U.S. House panel.